Boccia England




The Heathcoat Cup Finals are taking place on Saturday 21st April at Hertfordshire Sports Village, home of the Hawks Academy.

The Heathcoat Cup started in 2017 and attracts players from all over to compete in a series of regional competitions across 5 different locations in England. Sixty players have qualified for the finals leading to 130 matches taking place on the day. The top two players in the BC1-BC4 classification categories qualify to compete in our elite competition, the BE Cup.

The Heathcoat Cup is an exciting competition for all impairment groups (BC1 – 8) and is perfect for players wanting to start or further their competition experience with the opportunity to qualify for the Heathcoat Cup Finals. Classifications BC1 - 8 cover a wider range of disabilities from players with profound physical impairments such as Cerebral Palsy to players with learning difficulties.

Boccia England always welcomes new players and a player at the Heathcoat Cup Rounds competition in Sheffield summed up their first experience stating “This is my first competition, I was really nervous but I’ve loved it; everyone is really friendly.”

For live results on the day visit our social media pages or the Heathcoat Cup events page on our website.

Good luck to all players!



The Lord’s Taverners National Boccia Finals take place at Hertfordshire Sports Village this Friday (20 April) where schools from across the country will be competing for the national boccia title in the Physical Disability Finals and the Pan Disability Finals.

Angmering School are back in the Physical Disability Finals looking to defend their 2017 national championship but there will be a new winner in the Pan Disability competition for 2018.

Nearly 3,000 participants have competed in 50 county and regional competitions over the course of the last few months to get to the final stages, where the following teams will be competing for their respective national titles:

Physical Disability

  • Broadgreen International School (North West)
  • Percy Hedley (North East)
  • St Georges Academy (East Midlands)
  • Wilson Stuart (West Midlands)
  • Thomas Wolsey (East Anglia North)
  • Beacon hill (East Anglia South)
  • Cleeve Park (London)
  • Angmering (South East)
  • Arbour Vale (Central)
  • Woodlands School (South West)
  • Long Dean (East Anglia South 2)

Pan Disability

  • Nelson Thomlinson (North West)
  • Durham Trinity (North East)
  • Outwood Academy Danum (Yorkshire)
  • St Georges Academy (East Midlands)
  • Chasetown Community School (West Midlands)
  • Broadlands Hall (East Anglia North)
  • Sele School (East Anglia South Hertfordshire)
  • West Lea School Enfield (LYG East)
  • Orchard School (South East)
  • Arbour Vale (Central)
  • Kings 1 (South West)
  • Orleans Park School (LYG West)

‘’The finals are the pinnacle of the U19s boccia competition programme. The programme provides a quality opportunity for young aspiring boccia players and we are very much looking forward to seeing who will be crowned champions!’’ Rachael Crack, Boccia England

For regular updates from finals day please follow @BocciaEngland and @lordstaverners.


Members will be aware that as part of Sport England’s funding conditions that Boccia England was required to appoint a new independent Chair of the Board. The Board are delighted to inform its members that Mike Walker will take over leadership of the Board on 1 May 2018.

Mike succeeds Maggie Else who is stepping down from her duties, after six and a half years’ dedicated service.

Mike has been a senior manager and leader for over 22 years with a passion for both business and sport. A former tennis professional, playing at Wimbledon and in the Davis Cup, he has a lot of experience of setting up companies using both his business and sporting knowledge.

Mike has been Chair of Oxfordshire County Sport’s Partnership and has held an executive career culminating in a Managing Director position. He has had further Board level experience as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Institute of Directors for Buckinghamshire/Milton Keynes Branch. The Board believes that he will be inspirational and motivational to both the Board and staff team.

Mike says, “I am honoured to be appointed as Chair of Boccia England. I am very much looking forward to working with the Board and meeting the members to ensure that Boccia England continues to grow as a sport”

Boccia England would like to extend our thanks to Maggie for all her hard work over the years and wish her the very best in her future ventures. Many of you will still see Maggie as a volunteer at our competitions.

The BE Cup Play Offs 2018

The BE Cup Playoffs brings together the top BC1- 4 players in England as they compete for qualification places for The BE Cup Finals in May. All players have severe impairment or dysfunction of all four limbs.


Split over 2 days the North Playoffs take place on Saturday 24 March at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, and the South Playoffs take place on Sunday 25 March at Hertfordshire Sports Village, Hatfield.

The players have each attended a BE Cup Round competition which has seeded them into The BE Cup Playoffs. The competition has seen a fantastic standard throughout each round so the BE Cup Playoffs look set to include a lot of tense and exciting ‘down to the last ball’ matches!

We will be live streaming the action throughout the weekend so be sure to follow us on facebook: @bocciaengland.

To follow the live results on via our website please click :

The BE CUP Play Offs North

The BE Cup Play Offs South

For more information about Boccia England Competitions visit the Boccia England website.

Could you be a Workforce Manager?

We are looking for a motivated individual with knowledge of volunteer and course management to join our team in May for an initial period of six months to cover maternity leave.

If you are interested in applying please email your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant knowledge and experience, and what you could bring to Boccia England to
Anne-Marie at or
post to Head of Business Support, Boccia England, 8 Heathcoat Buildings, Nottingham Science Park, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ.

Workforce Manager (Maternity Cover):

Initially a 6 month contract (full-time or part-time) reporting to the Head of Development, this role will continue to grow our network of volunteers and implement and fulfil planned courses.

To view the full job advert please click here.

To view the role profile please click here.

Closing Date: 25 March 2018

Heathcoat Cup Gateshead

Heathcoat Cup Gateshead took place on Sunday 11th March at Gateshead Leisure Centre. Nearly 40 players came together to compete in BC3, BC5, BC6 and BC8 categories.

Thanks to our partner 'Smile Through Sport' for their support on the day.

BC3 Medallists


Gold - Liam Alexander (middle) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
Silver - Thomas Hall (left) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
Bronze - Reece McKenzie (right)

BC5 Medallists


Gold - Lucy Swanston (right)
Silver - Oliver Crawshaw (left) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)

BC6 Medallists


Gold - Joe McKechnie (right) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
Silver - Joshua Nunn (left) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)


Bronze - Jaide Armstrong (middle)

BC8 Medallists


Gold - Catherine Wardell (middle) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
Silver - Jannet Hind (left) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)
Bronze - Christopher Smith (right) (Qualifier for Heathcoat Cup Finals)

We hope everyone had a fantastic day! The full results can be found on the Heathcoat Cup Gateshead event page

A huge THANK YOU to our volunteers that helped out on the day refereeing, timing and classifying.

Players that have qualified for the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 21st April will receive information via email.

Heathcoat Cup Finals 2018 takes place in Hatfield on Saturday 21st April, the event is FREE to spectators - come and support your fellow boccia players!

Coach Development Grants - Liverpool

Are you an aspiring boccia leader or coach located in or close to Liverpool?

We are hosting a Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia in Liverpool in May/June and have funding available to support individuals through this 3 day qualification (usual cost £250).

The aim of this grant is to upskill local individuals and clubs, and raise the profile of boccia within the Liverpool area, in conjunction with the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships coming to the Exhibition Centre in August 2018.

If you are enthusiastic about developing boccia in your area, download the grant information pack and application form below to find out more.

Course details:
Saturday 19th May, Sunday 20th May, Saturday 2nd June. 09:00–17:00
Litherland High School, Sterrix Lane, Litherland, Liverpool, L21 0DB

Deadline for applications:
Ongoing, until course is full.

Queries and completed applications to:
Natalie Braisby

Information Pack and Application Form

Board & Member Trustee Applications

Treasurer/ Independent Senior Director and Member Trustee applications deadline is this Sunday.

Do you think you have what it takes? If so, make sure you email your CV and cover letter outlining what value you could add to our Board to Anne-Marie at by 11 March 2018.

To view the full advert and role profiles please click here.

If you have any questions please contact Anne-Marie on 0115 9678455 or

Boccia England Talent Officer Appointed

We are pleased to announce that Dan Headley has been appointed as Boccia England Talent Officer. Dan will be supporting the development of our 5 Academies as well as co-ordinating the talent screening process.

Dan is well placed to take on this position as a current EPG Performance Coach, International Referee and Academy Lead with the Gladiators. This is an exciting step forward within our sport and we look forward to seeing how we can take the England Talent Pathway to the next level.